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Today, my boyfriend came out with me to the stable. He does this about once a month and has done it for about the two+ years we've been together. Today was the second time he's ever ridden my horse/any horse. I love his innocence and can't help but laugh at silly things he doesn't understand that I take for granted :rofl:

Like when I said "Can you grab the black western saddle out of the tack room?" He came back a couple minutes later empty-handed and said "But there are two black saddles in the tack room. Which one?" And so I said "The western saddle, remember? The other is English." He stood there, blank-faced, until I asked "You don't know what that is, do you?" And got the response "No..."

Even funnier, when I handed him the halter and asked if he could go get my horse for me, he confidently walked off holding the halter upside down. Just to check, I asked over my shoulder, "You know how to put that on, right?" and he goes "Yes, this part-" *holding up noseband* "-goes over her ears. Right?" :biggrin:

And my favorite of the whole day! As we were leaving, I asked if he wanted to wash his hands. He asked "Where?" and I answered "the hose." A look of pure horror crossed his face, and he said "No, are you crazy? That water is freezing!" So I walked over and washed my hands in the freezing water hose while he looked on in shock. Mind you, it was about 60 degrees F outside today with very beautiful weather, so it's not like I was turning myself into an icicle. I told him he was being a weeny and he got a little upset, city boy :rofl:

I love that he is so willing to learn about horses and riding. My mare is an absolute babysitter to him and they adore each other. But I can't help but laugh sometimes!

What have non-horsey people done when you've brought them to the stable?
 

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Me, showing up for my very first lesson with a bagful of carrots, neatly scrubbed clean with tips and those little notches cut off - as you would for cooking. My instructor just asked me: “ You’re a city girl, aren’t you?”. I didn’t quite think of horses eating grass off actual dirt...
 

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My favourite of these moments:

I asked my fiance to help blanket the horses one morning. (Don't worry, I had planned to check his work!!) While he actually nailed the blanketing part -- wow!! -- he came up to me after doing one of the horses, looking very concerned.

"That one has a big bump on his underside. Is that supposed to be there? Do we need to call anybody?"

"A big bump... like, at the back, not quite between his legs, right in the middle?"

"...Yes."

"Well, I think HE might just always have that."

"Oh... Right..."
 

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My nephew came to visit and we called the horses up. They each went into their stalls to eat. My nephew said, "Wow, they all go into their cages."

My daughter knows all about horses and I think she says this to be cute . . . but I think it is cute. She asks her friends if they have de-puffed their horses before they mount.
 

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My favourite of these moments:

I asked my fiance to help blanket the horses one morning. (Don't worry, I had planned to check his work!!) While he actually nailed the blanketing part -- wow!! -- he came up to me after doing one of the horses, looking very concerned.

"That one has a big bump on his underside. Is that supposed to be there? Do we need to call anybody?"

"A big bump... like, at the back, not quite between his legs, right in the middle?"

"...Yes."

"Well, I think HE might just always have that."

"Oh... Right..."
:rofl:

My boyfriend also nailed blanketing on the first try too!

Today when he came to the stable, he noted that there was "a lot of poop, like A LOT" in the common area in front of the hay racks, and got very concerned that no one ever picked it up. I said "Oh no, we pick that up every day. That's just how much four horses poop in 24 hours." He gave me a sideways glance in disbelief that had "I'm never owning horses" written all over it :rofl:
 

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I love the kids that live along some of the places I ride. They'll run up to about 10 feet away, then stop and ask if the can touch the horse (the South still teach their kids manners!). If there are no adults around, I'll dismount and have them approach one at a time to pet the shoulder. They get so excited, and they ask such cute questions: "His bed must be really big!". " Does he fetch? " "Did you adopt him from the pound?"

If the parents also come out, I'll offer to put the kid in the saddle for a picture op. I like to think that some of these kids might grow up to be riders.

it's funny though. Sometimes the adults are more nervous about the 1000 lb animal than the kids are.
 

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My son in law called a girth a horse belt. I split my side laughing so hard and now refer to girths & cinches as such. Because, really, that's what they are!:rofl::rofl:
 

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Non-horsey adults always seem to have so much fear! The kiddos come up, but hesitate sticking their hands near the mouth when offering a carrot...

They never stop when I say "Whoa" :rofl:


I asked one parent to hand me a the hoof pick and he had such a blank look! So I asked him to just hand me the tack box and I would get it...still a blank look! Meanwhile, I am bent over with a hoof in my hand :smile: Finally gave up and got it myself...

Many people have come up to tell me my horse was dead when it was laying in the sun sprawled out on their sides
 

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A friend of mine started bringing his daughter for lessons at my yard in summer. Since it was warm, all the barn doors were always open so there was never any smell. First time he came after we started closing the doors: “What’s that smell?” Me: “It must be the squirrels 🙄”. Him: “What squirrels?” Me: “It’s horses, you oaf”.

My yard is very clean. The boxes are cleaned three times a day, but such big animals produce a lot of pee. When you close the doors on eight horses it has to smell at least a little.
 

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In high school I had a friend who had never seen a horse in real life. She had moved here from Uganda just a couple years before. I took her to the stable with me, and when she saw the first horse, her eyes flew wide and she audibly gasped and backed away. Imagine her shock when I told her that's the smallest pony in the whole stable :rofl: She almost fainted when I showed her the warmbloods!
 

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Me, when I was a non-horsey person.



10-31-2014 a few months after Hondo came into my care and before I became his official owner, I posted a picture of an area that concerned me. (picture no longer available)


Some nice people on the forum informed me that it was Hondo's belly button which was a place that flies liked to attack.
 

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When I first got Sonny several of my friends and family members all assumed he was a race horse.....go figure...I have no idea why they would think that,,,,I'm pretty sure that they would know that 'race horses' weren't the only kind of horse a person could own. A lot of people have never known the concept of a boarding barn, either. Also leasing a horse is a big 'What!???" reaction, even to some horsey people. I know I was already a horse person before I heard of that situation being an option.
 

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I once witnessed a non-horsey person saying to their kid, as they were driving past a field with a horse and a pony in it, "Oh look, it's a horse and its foal!" :rofl:
My father, who is a well-educated, well-read person with a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, told me over Thanksgiving that he thought ponies were just baby horses. He was like, "I knew it was a TYPE of horse, but I didn't know WHICH type."
 

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I had an about-10-year-old ask me from a distance if my horse was real. No, I'm riding a life-sized robot horse. It was followed by a muffled "I didn't know real horses still existed!" :rofl:
This makes me really sad for some reason. I often think about the fact that, as unprepared as I was, I'm glad I'm doing my "horse thing" now, because I am acutely aware that there may come a time, within my lifetime even, that it will be even harder for the average person with a middle-class income to afford horse keeping. I know that's kind of a downer but it makes me sad for these kids.

When I first got Sonny several of my friends and family members all assumed he was a race horse.....go figure...I have no idea why they would think that, I'm pretty sure that they would know that 'race horses' weren't the only kind of horse a person could own. A lot of people have never known the concept of a boarding barn, either. Also leasing a horse is a big 'What!???" reaction, even to some horsey people. I know I was already a horse person before I heard of that situation being an option.
I thought this was pretty interesting. I guess because we're in Kentucky, a lot of people (at least, even the non-horse people in my area, might be different if I were in a bigger city in the state) recognize the basic difference between a racehorse and "other" horses. But what does happen is that everyone who finds out I own a horse immediately asks "what kind is she?" because just about everyone somehow distantly knows someone who owned a Tennessee Walker or Rocky Mountain... and as soon as they find out she's gaited but I don't actually know or even care what kind of horse she is they look at me really funny as if that's strange? :shrug: A horse that literally came from the local pound isn't going to come with papers, don't know what to tell you. :rofl:

I also was unaware that leasing a horse was an option before I was already an owner. Although, we are in a fairly rural area so I don't think a lot of that happens here, unless you're someone who is leasing or being paid to ride someone's horse for shows.


I'm thinking about starting to take my bf to the barn with me, at least when we're both available at the same time. He's not been doing so great dealing with some things and I am vaguely hoping that learning the smallest bit of something new might have the potential to help... show him how to groom her, how to lead her in case I ever need help, etc. We plan on doing a touristy type trail ride in the Spring at a state park (because their trails are nice and easy and the horses will probably be easy too since that's their every-day job, I've known multiple people who've gone there and had good experiences) because I think he'd enjoy it, and he says he's nervous but looking forward to it.

The first time I took him out to visit with my horse after I'd moved her and she was settled in, we were looking out in the pasture before I went to bring her in and he says "Which one is she?"

... She's the ONLY one with a big white blaze down her face and a blue halter on. Even if the markings didn't give it away, she's had a blue halter on since you met her!

I switched to a better halter which she doesn't wear when she's turned out anymore now that she is adjusted and easy to catch. I wonder if he'd recognize her at all without the old halter. :lol:
 

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Me, when I was non-horsey.

My riding instructor would be always talking about the different horses in the paddock, and I was so perplexed at how she could tell them all apart...I was like, wow, how can you tell them apart??

There was one chestnut, a bay, a palomino, a leopard appy, and a (sun faded) black. There was a paint and another chestnut in the other pen, but that had a flaxen mane....another pen had a blood bay and a dark bay.

I thought of them all as brown horses of varying heights...
 

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My favorite comment was from a non-horsey friend who met my grey mare for the first time. He was very proud that he knew she was 'grey' and not 'white.' He asked me what was the name for a grey horse with an orange tail and I replied "filthy" without really thinking about it. He looked so confused at first that I couldn't help bursting into laughter.
 

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I have an example of the opposite - life seen through the eyes of a horsey child.

One day my daughter asked me how many hands high her grandmother is (she's quite short). I laughed and said that we don't measure people in hands, but in feet. My daughter looked at me perplexed and said "So you're telling me we measure horses in hands and people in feet? That makes no sense" LOL

Another day, the roads were very icy and I was gently pumping the brakes as I was driving along the highway. Drivers in cold places know what I'm talking about. My daughter asked why I was doing half-halts to the car... :rofl::rofl::rofl:
 
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